The Newsroom

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Newsy drama targets adults; some drinking, mature themes.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The purpose of the show-within-a-show is to deliver news that actually informs the viewer and encourages thoughtful discussion. There's also a subtle message that standing up for the truth -- and what you believe in -- is a risky but noble pursuit.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most characters are principled with admirable ideals, and there are several strong female role models. The newsroom staff also works well as a team with surprisingly little infighting.


Light sexual tension and banter with references to affairs and relationships.


Unbleeped swearing includes terms like "f--k," "s--t," "Goddamn," "ass," and "blow me," but cursing isn't constant.


Characters mention real-life brands like Goldman Sachs, Capital One, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink socially, occasionally to excess.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom contains unbleeped swearing in the form of "f--k, "s--t," etc., although cursing isn't constant. There's also some light sexual tension, along with allusions to romantic relationships, and characters drink socially, occasionally to excess. The show is not targeted toward kids or teens, but mature teens with an interest in journalism might find something worthwhile here.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySFMMR July 20, 2012

Another politically savvy, richly written Aaron Sorkin hit!

Great Aaron Sorkin script and some great acting. This is for teens or more mature young teens. The conflict in the story is the team at the news room trying t... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byClaireF05 March 14, 2021

Amazing drama relies on dialogue

This is a surprisingly clean show! Children and teens may not be interested in the storyline as it is quite dry and is about News and a media production company... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 13, 2016

Best piece of art on television

This show is amazing. Aaron Sorkin is my new favorite writer and I'm definitely going to watch more of his stuff. Will, Mac, and Charlie are good people se... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the wake of a public gaffe that sends most of his underlings scrambling, popular News Night anchor Will McEvoy (Jeff Daniels) regroups with a brand-new staff led by uber-capable executive producer Mackenzie "Mack" McHale (Emily Mortimer). The two share a personal and professional past that makes working together particularly complicated. But Mack is also one of the few who knows what Will is capable of in THE NEWSROOM -- and she isn't afraid to push him toward greatness.

Is it any good?

The Newsroom makes it known through ever-present monologues that it's tackling worthy and weighty issues, like whether "good television" and "the news" are mutually exclusive or whether journalists should have an opinion. But instead of answering those questions with nuance and intelligence, it gives us impassioned but ultimately hollow speeches and one-dimensional characters who are frustratingly chatty.

Of course, those elements are precisely what series creator Aaron Sorkin -- a critically acclaimed writer who won an Oscar for The Social Network script and multiple Emmys for his work on The West Wing -- is known for, and they usually work like a charm. But with the Sorkin magic missing from The Newsroom on multiple fronts, it makes for a show that's better in theory than in practice.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how accurately The Newsroom portrays the state of modern-day journalism and the way we get our information. How have nightly news programs changed in the past few decades, both in terms of structure and their importance to the public?

  • How have the Internet and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook changed the way we perceive and process news? Are we more or less informed as a result?

  • Are the show's premise and characters realistic, or do they suggest an idealized version of reality? Would a show like the revamped News Night succeed with American audiences?

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